NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #19 of 23 for the 2017 season
Race: Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Talladega, AL
Title Sponsor: Fred's
Race Time: 1:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:22pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FOX Sports - 1:00pm/et
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, October 12
10:00 AM 12:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
11:30 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM 6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
Friday, October 13
9:00 AM 9:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM 11:55 AM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
1:00 PM 1:55 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM 3:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Saturday, October 14
8:00 AM 12:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM 11:00 AM NCWTS Minors Permitted in the Garage Area*
9:00 AM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
9:30 AM (10:30 AM) NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
11:30 AM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:00 PM (1:00 PM) NCWTS RACE (94 LAPS, 250.04 MILES)
NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Parker Kligerman triumphs at Talladega, as Nemechek makes Round of 6: The massive wreck in Turn 1 that gobbled up a pack of trucks in overtime at Talladega Superspeedway spared a part-time driver with one win on his career resume and a lower-budget team fighting for the final spot in the Round of 6 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' Playoff. [More](10-14-2017)
Kligerman wins Talladega: #75-Parker Kligerman won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday after a wreck broke out on the last lap of overtime, ending the race under caution. The win in the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, was the second of his career. #4-Christopher Bell finished second. #51-Myatt Snider, #98-Grant Enfinger, #19-Austin Cindric, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #66-Vinnie Miller, #68-Clay Greenfield, #88-Matt Crafton, #02-Tyler Young closed out the top-10.
#29-Chase Briscoe was forced to the garage early for repairs to his truck for mechanical issues and #33-Kaz Grala was involved in a wreck, ending his day. Both drivers failed to advance to the Round of 6 in the Playoffs.
There were six caution flags for 27 laps and 17 lead changes among 11 leaders.
See results on the Talladega race results page(10-14-2017)
Talladega Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
Parker Kligerman won the 12th Annual fred's 250, his second victory in 68 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Christopher Bell (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2017.
Myatt Snider (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Grant Enfinger (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Christopher Bell leads the point standings by 52 points over Johnny Sauter (P).
Camping World Truck standings following Talladega:
1) #4-Christopher Bell, 5 wins, 2195
2) #21-Johnny Sauter, 2 wins, 2143, -52
3) #88- Matt Crafton, 1 win, 2140, -55
4) #27-Ben Rhodes, 1 win, 2124, -71
5) #19-Austin Cindric, 1 win, 2121, -74
6) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 2 wins, 2107, -88
These drivers will not advance to the Round of 6:
7) #29-Chase Briscoe, points, 2099, -96
8) #33-Kaz Grala, 1 win, 2082, -113
See complete standings on Driver points standings page and the owner's standings are posted on the Owner points standings page. (10-14-2017)
Stage 1 - lap 20, winner, #21-Johnny Sauter
Stage 2 - lap 40, winner, #21-Johnny Sauter
Stage 3 - lap 94, winner, #75-Parker Kligerman
Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #83-Boyd, 13th
Caution 2: #47-Fontaine, 26th
Caution 3: #83-Boyd, 13th
Caution 4: #45-Self, 18th
Caution 5: #52-Friesen, 17th
Caution 6: none
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Bell on Truck pole at Talladega: #4-Christopher Bell won the pole for Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed at 180.118mph. #21-Johnny Sauter will start alongside in row one. #52-Stewart Friesen, #24-Justin Haley, #29-Chase Briscoe, #19-Austin Cindric, #16-Ryan Truex, #18-Noah Gragson, #51-Myatt Snider, and #27-Ben Rhodes close out the top-10.
Remaining Round of 8 Playoff drivers #88-Matt Crafton, #33-Kaz Grala, and #8-John Hunter Nemechek qualified 11th, 12th, and 15th respectively. Grala's team will change an engine before the start of the race.
Failed to qualify: none
The starting lineup is posted on the Talladega starting lineup page(10-14-2017)
Talladega Qualifying Fast Facts:
Christopher Bell (P) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual fred's 250 with a lap of 53.165 seconds, 180.118 mph.
This is his fourth pole in 49 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his fourth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Johnny Sauter (P) (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2017 and his fifth in nine races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Stewart Friesen (third) posted his first top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his second in 15 races this season.
Stewart Friesen (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics) (10-14-2017)
Qualifying will consist of two multi-truck rounds. Qualifying rules
Fontaine paces final Talladega Truck practice: #47-Chris Fontaine was fastest during final practice for Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 187.897mph. #52-Stewart Friesen, #98-Grant Enfinger, #51-Myatt Snider, #18-Noah gragson, #4-Christopher Bell, #24-Justin Haley, #21-Johnny Sauter, #68-Clay Greenfield, and #75-Parker Kligerman in the top-10. 26 trucks practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 2 speeds (pdf)(10-14-2017)
Coughlin fastest in opening Talladega Truck practice: #13-Cody Coughlin was fastest during the opening practice for Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 191.719mph. #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #92-Regan Smith, #27-Ben Rhodes, #98-Grant Enfinger, #24-Justin Haley, #21-Johnny Sauter, #75-Parker Kligerman, #88-Matt Crafton, and #33-Kaz Grala were the top-10. 29 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 1 speeds (pdf)(10-13-2017)
Truck Series entry list: There are 32 trucks entered for Saturday's race at Talladega Superspeedway.
See the complete list on the Talladega entry list page (pdf).
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 19 - Fred's 250
Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) - Talladega, Ala.
Fast Facts for October 13-15, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
Set limits:Truck: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4630
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear - 27 psi; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Storyline - Path of Least Resistance: Most times putting camber in a race car's set-up is designed to increase the footprint of the tires and increase grip through the corners. At Talladega Superspeedway, there is another benefit and it involves performance on the straightaways. By increasing the camber - or the amount the top of tires are tilted -- the car will run only on the inboard portion of the right-front tire (and outboard of the left-front) down the flatter straightaways, thus reducing the rolling resistance on the car and increasing the potential for speed. This comes most into play at Talladega on the right-front corner of the car, primarily because the camber rules are a little more liberal for the front tires and there has been known to be some right-side wear at this track over the past several seasons.
"NASCAR teams look for any and all advantages to gain speed, and influencing the rolling resistance through suspension settings, like camber, is one way they can do that at Talladega," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "Since the track was repaved back in 2010, the amount of tire wear has increased over the years, leading to us bringing a more wear-resistant right-side tread compound starting in 2014. With the right-front normally seeing a significant amount of camber, teams will wear that inboard inch or two pretty heavily this weekend."
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this weekend . . . for Cup teams, this combination of left- and right-side tires dates back to October 2014 . . . Truck teams began running this left-side tire code (D-4596) in 2014 and this right-side tire code (D-4630) in 2015 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
Following an off-week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will close out the Round of 8 at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday with the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Grant Enfinger is the defending race winner, while 2017 Playoffs contenders Christopher Bell (sixth) and Johnny Sauter (seventh) both finished inside the top-10.
2017 NASCAR Playoffs Leaderboard Update
Following the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs race in the Round of 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, below is an updated Playoffs leaderboard heading into the elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway:
Playoff Bubble Drivers At Talladega
As the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff field gears for its first elimination race of the post-season at Talladega Superspeedway, below is an outlook of how the bubble drivers have performed this season and at the superspeedway if they’ve registered a start:
Chase Briscoe: The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and Brad Keselowski Racing driver currently sits 10 points above the cutoff line. Briscoe has been on a tear all season - finishing top-25 or better in every race this year. He’s coming off a third-place finish at Las Vegas and has never made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega.
Austin Cindric: Also a Brad Keselowski Racing driver and a Sunoco Rookie, Austin Cindric sits eight points above the cutoff line heading into Talladega. Cindric has been stout during his Playoffs run as he has finishes of eighth (New Hampshire) and fourth (Las Vegas). He has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega - he finished 20th in this race a year ago in the No. 2 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford.
Kaz Grala: Having a strong Sunoco Rookie season for GMS Racing, Kaz Grala sits eight points below the Round of 8 Playoffs bubble. Grala has finished top-10 or better in four consecutive races and will need a strong finish, plus some help, to stay in the 2017 Playoffs. Grala will be making his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega this weekend.
John Hunter Nemechek: Due to mechanical trouble in the opening race of the Round of 8, John Hunter Nemechek is 14 points below the cutoff line heading into Talladega. He will need some help to get in the Round of 6 on points if he doesn’t win the race. Nemechek has two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Talladega. He finished 32nd there last year due to an engine issue and 11th there in 2015.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Clinch Scenarios At Talladega
Matt Crafton (0 Wins, 2101 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 37 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 29 points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
Johnny Sauter (0 Wins, 2098 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 40 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 32 Points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
Chase Briscoe (0 Wins, 2084 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 54 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 46 Points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
Austin Cindric (0 Wins, 2082 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 55 Points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, they would clinch on points with 48 Points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
Kaz Grala (0 Wins, 2074 Points): He can clinch with a win this weekend and could clinch on points with help.
John H Nemechek (0 Wins, 2068 Points): He can clinch with a win this weekend and could clinch on points with help.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs By Round
The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs concludes the Round of 8 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with the Fred’s 250 on Saturday (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Below is a look at the remaining NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs rounds and which tracks line up per round.
ROUND OF 8
Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Super Speedway
(Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
ROUND OF 6
Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway
(Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway
(Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway
(Friday, November 10 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
(Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Sauter Looking For Another Dega Win
Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter is looking to make his mark in the final race of the Round 8. Sauter was victorious at Talladega in 2013 and finished seventh there in back-to-back seasons (2016 and 2015).
Sauter had a rough night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his last race out but still managed to finish 10th. He finished ninth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs opening race at New Hampshire.
Sauter currently sits fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs point standings and remains a threat to win anywhere, any week.
Talladega Superspeedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred’s 250 on Saturday (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the 2.66-mile track:
Youngest Pole Winner:Cole Custer (10/22/2016 - 18 years, 8 months, 29 days)
Oldest Pole Winner:Ron Hornaday Jr. (10/30/2010 - 52 years, 4 months, 10 days)
Youngest Winner: Parker Kilgerman (10/06/2012 - 22 years, 1 months, 28 days)
Oldest Winner: Mike Wallace (10/22/2011 - 52 years, 7 months, 12 days)
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position):3
Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Timothy Peters (10/24/2015)
Race Record: Todd Bodine 145.513 mph (10/04/2008)
Qualifying Record: Tyler Reddick (186.827 mph (10/18/2014
First Timers At Talladega
There are six Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Talladega Superspeedway in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
Cody Coughlin, Austin Cindric and Grant Enfinger are the three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie contenders who have made previous career starts at Talladega Superspeedway.
In 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Grant Enfinger (10/22/2016) and current NBC NASCAR analyst Parker Kligerman (10/06/2012) are the only two drivers to win their first series race at Talladega.
Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Tyler Reddick (10/18/2014) is the only driver to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole at Talladega.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
From The Booth To The Truck: Two current NASCAR broadcasters in Parker Kligerman (NBC Sports) and Regan Smith (FOX Sports) will be racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Talladega. Kligerman won at Talladega in 2012 - becoming the youngest winner at Talladega in series history. Smith has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega and finished ninth there in 2007.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings Update: Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra leads ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota by 51 points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after 18 races this season. GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado (-54), Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 19 Ford F-150 (-71) and GMS Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado (-78) round out the top five.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings Update: Through 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, Toyota leads Chevrolet by 33 points in the manufacturer standings, 673-640. Ford occupies third place with 570 points.